Message from the Artist: She had come to me before. This was, in truth, her fourth appearance in 3 years ~ though she’s changed a bit over the years ~ her hair has gained more flair and detail, her body more style.
Each time as she emerged onto a canvas, I was tricked into believeing that she needed a distracted child against her. In the most recent composition, the indifference of their painted relationship, once again, required the child’s removal. In the previous three paintings, the child was removed twice and stayed in the third ~ the distraction stayed as well in this third painting and though I knew from the beginning that that painting was meant to be special, in the end I had trouble connecting with it ~ I had failed to understand the message. To be honest, this painting awaits its finally-decided fate of repainting.
One painting proved successful as a lone woman and has gone off to live with a family. One hides unfinished in my closet. But the woman always starts out the same: she’s confident and eyeing me, testing me.
This new solo woman has enticed me to continue working on her, though I love so much about her, deep down I wondered at the very beginning if she too would end up in the closet. I enjoyed the process of highlighting her skin and defining her bare shoulders and smooth chest. I had determined, while painting her eyes, that she is coming out of apprehension, hiding her nerves with humor and mirth. She is whimsical, and she is a bit of an Earth Mama. Though there seemed, at first, no way to show her role as a mama, I knew from the beginning, somehow, that she was one.
I seriously wondered how this painting would fit in with the rest of my paintings, her being alone and all... Then as I worked on her, I asked her why she’d come again and I wondered about her message. Her expression was unsure, but longed to be something more than indifferent.
Thinking out loud, I realized in only a second that I KNEW her purpose ~ and suddenly two pieces of a puzzle come together in a way that gave me chills… Here is the first piece of the puzzle:
Over the past three years, I’ve been approached by mamas whose motherhood was snuck from them as they lost their precious child at or just before birth. I have listened to their stories and have felt so hard for them. Two mothers in the last week, alone, have contacted me with their stories, and each detail saddens me.
When I was pregnant with my first son, I knew a woman who was also expecting her first child, we communicated via email. When my son was 2 weeks old and sleeping peacefully, I emailed to see how she was enjoying motherhood. She wrote back with a heart-chilling story of giving birth to a baby girl that she new was no longer living. The physical and emotional pain of birthing a beautiful baby that she could only hold for one afternoon.
The distress sent me to my son’s bedroom where I held him and rocked him and tearfully thanked all willing to hear that my son was safe and healthy. My friend’s story changed my life. She has since gone on to have another sweet daughter, and they talk to her of her older sister.
I have wanted to approach this soulful subject matter in a painting for a long time, as a way to honor those free souls, and the mamas whose babies left too soon...
This new woman is the second piece of the puzzle: A true Oh My God moment occurred the night I realized this Earth Mama would carry her child’s spirit and memory in the form of an image, with her always, around her neck and close to her heart. In the form of a talisman.
There was a reason why a child didn’t fit in the composition with the woman whom I knew just had to be a mother ~ she has a non-earth child. As I sketched the large pendant across her open chest, unsure of the exact mother & child image it would contain, my indifferent no-longer-solo woman finally gave me a smile. And now, upon her completion, this Earth Mama shares earth and fire with the sunshine around her neck, despite the blues draping her shoulders.
I’ve improved my print sizes! You can choose
YOUR best size in the "Choose Your Print Size" box above. I now offer sizes that are easier to frame, and consistent regarding size of
print and shape of image.
My goal is Happier Collectors ~ PLEASE do not hesitate to contact me for clarification or with feedback. ~Sincerely, Katie m. Berggren
I have 2 types of Prints for you, in a variety of sizes. Learn more below.
Each print is created from an original KmBerggren painting.
Brand New! Miniature Collectable Prints! 5x5 and 5x7 inch prints are
affordable, cluster-able, collectable, frame-able, give-able. They sit on a
tiny easel, rest on a shelf, and look divine propped on a desk or bedside
table. Choose 5x5 (for square images) or 5x7 (for non-square images) in the
Choose Your Print Size box above!
PRINT TYPE 1: Archival Paper Prints
are acid-free for durability and long life on smooth
heavyweight paper. Archival means they are expected to last a lifetime. Paper
Prints are autographed by me, the artist, and will ship in an acid-free sleeve
with a stiff acid-free backing board for safe arrival in a stiff mailer. 13x19
prints are rolled and shipped in a heavy-duty triangular tube.
You can choose a thin or
thick white margin on your print (see image) ~ thicker white margins act as a
“mat” in your frame. Thinner white margins give you a larger image on your
print, and can be matted and framed, or framed without a mat.
Prints have different shapes
(square or rectangle) because my original paintings are created onto different
sizes and shapes of canvases!
All my prints are created from high quality
photos or scans of my original paintings.
Archival Paper Prints are
available in 5x5 inch, 5x7 inch, 8x8 inch, 8x10 inch, 12x12 inch or 13x19 inch
The sizes that are available depend upon the shape of the image you
Standard off-the-shelf frames
are available online and in many craft stores in each of the Paper Print sizes.
5x5 & 5x7 inch prints are
cluster-able, frame-able, collectable and so gift-able!
PRINT TYPE 2: Stretched Canvas Prints are printed on the highest quality cotton
canvas to insure amazing sharpness and quality. Your Stretched Canvas Print has
beautifully printed 1.5" edges in a rich dark color that complements the
image. Stretched Canvas Prints are the absolute closest option you can get to
an original painting on canvas, once the original painting has sold.
Stretched Canvas Prints are
shipped in a sturdy box, wrapped for protection.
Stretched Canvas Prints vary
in size availability starting at 10x10 inch and will arrive to you with a
hanging wire attached, ready for your wall. No framing necessary. Please allow
4-6 days for your Stretched Canvas Print to be carefully created before
See some Stretched Canvas Print
Please let me know if you
have any questions, or if you need a print created with a custom size or shape.
I am happy to consider your requests.
If you don’t see a print that makes your heart sing, consider working one on
one with the artist, me, and having a custom original painting created,
inspired by your family.
You can learn more about the custom painting process here.